Nathaniel Strout

Nathaniel Strout
Nathaniel Strout

Associate Professor of English Emeritus and Lecturer in English

Nathaniel Strout teaches and studies the literature of the English Renaissance, in particular the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Strout has published articles on poems and court masques by Ben Jonson, on John Ford's play, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and on the idea of mutuality in Shakespeare's As You Like It. He is a contributor to Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet, published by the Modern Language Association. Strout served as associate dean of faculty from 1992-96. He served as the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor from 2005-08. He earned a doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Recent Courses Taught

Family Matters
Comedy and Tragedy: 1580-1780
British and American Drama
Expository Writing Seminar
Stages of Identity

Selected Publications

  • "As You Like It, Rosalynde, and Mutuality," in Studies in English Literature 41 (2001), 277-96.
  • "Words, Words, Words: Comparing, Cutting, Explaining," in Approaches to Teaching Hamlet (MLA, 2001), 235-36.
  • "The Tragedy of Annabella in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore," in Traditions and Innovations, ed. David G. Allen and Robert White (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990), pp. 163-76.
  • "Computer-Assisted Instruction in the Liberal Arts Using a Simple Authoring System," with Richard Decker, Stuart Hirshfield, David Paris, in Journal of Computing in Higher Education 1 (1989), 21-38.
  • "Sentence-Level Assignments in an Essay Context: A Lesson in Subordinate Clauses," in Collective Wisdom: A Sourcebook for Writing Teachers, ed. Sondra J. Stang and Robert Wiltenburg (N.Y.: Random House, 1988), 29-32.
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  • "Jonson's Jacobean Masques and the Moral Imagination," Studies in English Literature 27 (1987), 233-47.
  • "A Biblical Framework for Orgoglio's Fall: A Note on The Faerie Queene 1, viii, 22," Notes and Queries 32 (1985), 21-23.
  • "Reading 'A Celebration of Charis' and the Nature of Jonson's Art," Texas Studies in Literature and Language  26 (1984), 128-43.
  • "Jonson's Use of a Name in 'Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.," English Language Notes 17 (1979), 30-33.
  • Review of David Young, The Action to the Word: Structure and Style in Shakespearean Tragedy, in The Shakespeare Yearbook 2 (1991), pp. 253-55. 
  • Review of R. Chris Hassel, Jr., Renaissance Drama and the English Church Year, in Seventeenth-Century News 39 (1981), 53-54. 
  • Review of Ferdnand Lagarde ed., The Turk by John Mason, in Seventeenth-Century News 39 (1981), 48.

College Service

  • Academic Council, 2010-13
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 2010-13
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Committee, 2010-13
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2006-09; chair, 2008-09
  • Committee on Student Activities, spring 2006
  • Coordinator of Sophomore Seminar Program, 2005-07
  • Presidential Search Committee, 2002-03
  • Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, 2001-05; chair, 2003-04
  • Planning Committee for New Science Facilities, 1998-2002
  • Subcommittee on Planning for Middle States Accreditation, 2000-01

Appointed to the Faculty: 1980

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Rochester
M.A., University of Rochester
B.A., Carleton College

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